About the characteristics, price, and history of TAMA Drums


TAMA drums are one of the three major drum makers in Japan. Along with Pearl and Yamaha, it is considered to be the most famous manufacturer in Japan. TAMA Drum is a manufacturer of drums from Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd., headquartered in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. It started in 1908 as the musical instrument division of Hoshino Bookstore. It came to be manufactured with the maker logo called TAMA in 1970. It is now considered one of the world’s most well-known manufacturers.


This instrument was born in Japan.

About the price

Prices range from tens of thousands of yen to hundreds of thousands of yen.

Development company

Hoshino Gakki Co. Ltd.


Gitaro Hoshino

Gitaro Hoshino founded Hoshino Gakki with his wife Taman. Hoshino Gakki was originally a book company called Hoshino Bookstore. The musical instrument department of Hoshino Bookstore was established, and this musical instrument department was spun off to form TAMA. The name TAMA comes from his wife, Taman. Before the war, Hoshino Gakki expanded its business mainly by three people, Gitaro, Taman, and Ryohei.


Hoshino Bookstore founded the music club in the company in 1908. This department started selling organs that came to be used in school music. Due to the increase in sales, it was spun off as Hoshino Gakki in 1929. The company’s business started with the founder Yoshitaro Hoshino and his wife Taman at the center. Ryohei, a child, and his wife have succeeded in the company’s business, hiring about 30 craftsmen. However, the company burned down during World War II. Immediately after the war, it started for reconstruction. After the war, the appearance of the Beatles made electric guitars boom, so Hoshino Gakki also started manufacturing guitars. In 1970, it came to be manufactured with the maker logo called TAMA. In 2009, Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd. and Hoshino Gakki Manufacturing Co., Ltd. merged to this day.

Features of TAMA Drum

A major feature of the drum set is the thinness of the shell. Although it is as thin as 8mm to 5mm, the sound is straight due to TAMA’s original construction method. It is an instrument that has a dynamic sound rather than a design and is very compatible with hard rock and metal rock. Since the 1980s, he has also developed prototypes of star classics, so it’s clear that the maker was targeting a variety of drummers in a wide range of music genres. There are many products that major manufacturers do not have, such as vintage-style painting and covering snares, which make the most of their uniqueness. It is also a feature that all drum sets released from the time of establishment to the present have the issue of STAR.

TAMA Drum model



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